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Giancarlo La Camera, PhD – Selected problems in learning and decision making

Computational Neuroscience Journal Club
Wednesday at 1130 in room 313 

First episode: Today’s talk see below
May 11th at 11:30am in the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Room 313 

PDF of presentation

video part 1

video part 2

Speaker:
Giancarlo La Camera, PhD
Dept. Neurobiology and Behavior
Life Sciences Bldg 513
SUNY Stony Brook

Title:

Selected problems in learning and decision making

Abstract:

I will give a brief introduction to Neuroscience with a focus on learning and decision-making. I will then describe some recent results on how people and animals make decisions between a safe and a risky option, and what factors influence their preference. Some prominent theories of predictive learning will be tested against these phenomena. Finally, I will discuss current efforts to model reinforcement learning in populations of spiking neurons, and how this could provide a biological solution to the problem of learning how to extract meaningful segments from a sensory stream.